I have to admit that I have been in a bit of a slump lately. To be honest I think that it is the non profit’s version of seasonal depression. This is the time of year when we have to look at the numbers, at the cash dollars that chasing our mission’s goals costs us. And then look at what we need to do to keep it rolling in so that we can continue the charge. It doesn’t take a person long, once they’ve met any of our organization to know that we are not business savvy, we are not greedy, and we are most certainly not fundraisers. Most of us are personally living pretty close to the poverty level. This is the time of year when we have to dig really, really deep to keep the motivation stoke high.
You see during the chaotic summer programs we are constantly remind of the “why”. The smiles, high fives, the glowing excitement, and the bonding that takes place. When we are tired and a bit beat up from long days and endless tasks, we have only to wait a few more hours before the next big high five. However, as the summer wanes and the programs slow, we have to get back to the number crunching, the wondering how to approach new businesses, how to do this whole not profit dance again, and to be honest some days it feels that is is more than one can bare. But still we fight on.
We fight because we know that what we are providing is worth the struggle. The power we see in empowering individuals, the beauty of a person realizing the power of nature and adventure has on them. The fact that by being out in nature helps battle the very depression and anxiety this time of year causes for us. We have seen time and time again the result of being present in our community the good it has done for so many. And so we keep fighting, we keep believing and we hope that our mission has value for you, and if so, we hope you choose to help support us through this philanthropic season. And if you would like to know more about what we do, or the impact it has had, just let me know. I would love to chat, because even talking about the successes helps reinvigorate us fight on another day.